Poor finishing let Brave Warriors down against South Africa

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Lack of composure in the final third yet again cost the Brave Warriors victory as they went down 1-0 to South Africa in the 2017 Cosafa Cup Plate Final at the Moruleng Stadium, South Africa on Friday night.

Coach Ricardo Mannetti’s post-match analysis told a recurrent story that is haunting the Brave Warriors in many games thus far. The team failed to convert a first half penalty and had two good chances in added time of the match, but could not just get the elusive goal on the day.
Captain Ronald Ketjijere sent his seventh minute penalty wide of goal and then in additional time at the end of 90 minutes, substitutes Benyamin Nenkavu and Peter Shalulile were off the mark to draw their side level.

“It was not just going to go in. we could have played 100 more minutes and still could have not gone in. when you look at the tactics and you are creating chances then you are on the right track, but we need to score”, says Mannetti.

Roger Katjiteo was impeded in the box and Namibia won a penalty which Ketjijere sent wide with South Africa going on to get the only goal on 36 minutes through Mohau Mokati, his long-range shot deflecting off Denzil Haoseb, completely wrong footing Max Mbaeva.

Going into the future, the Brave Warriors will be hosting Zimbabwe on next week Saturday in the 2018 CAF African Nations Championship (CHAN) Qualifiers and Mannetti gave a run to lot players eligible for that encounter.

Riaan Hanamub started at left back with Ferdinand Karongee at centre back and Larry Horaeb at right back. Wangu Gome and Ketjijere manned the engine-room with Itamunua Keimuine upfront.

“I gave a chance to about seven local-based players preparing for Zimbabwe. These players had no proper game time in over a year, not even friendlies. Coming here, our expectations were maybe a bit emotional as you cannot have a league and expect to overcome players who play week in and week out. But over and above that we created chances and that gives us hope”, Mannetti states.